Donald Duck is without a doubt the most popular comic book hero in Finland and has been for decades. He’s had his own weekly comic book since 1960s and has now second, monthly comic called Donald Duck extra. The vast majority of comic books here are monthly. (The only superhero comics published today in Finland are Spider-Man and the X-Men, both monthlies. The Phantom had a biweekly comic for decades but it has just been discontinued last month.) Even though Scrooge has his own monthly, 100-page comic, Don Rosa’s Scrooge stories where printed here originally in the Donald Duck weekly comic.

Don Rosa is one of the most popular Donald Duck writers here and there are currently nine hardback collections of his works in Finnish.

This collection is, as the title says, about Scrooge McDuck’s life and adventures.

The first story is set in his native Scotland and Scrooge is just a wee duckling. Already, he has to defend his family’s ancestral castle against creditors and other villains. The lands are also haunted by a devil dog.

The rest of the stories tell his adventures around the world. Scrooge works for his uncle Angus aboard a river ship in Mississippi. When the train makes the ships obsolete, he becomes a cowboy. When that fails also, he travels to Montana and searches for copper. Then he’s summoned back to Scotland to defend the castle again.

After that, he returns to being a miner but travels to Africa and then Australia. Then he travels to Yukon where his hard work finally starts to pay off. Later, he works as a businessman and then sets up his home in Duckburg. The final story is a revisit of the classic Christmas tale where Carl Barks introduced the character.

Don Rosa has a distinctive drawing style. He uses detailed backgrounds and there are frequently drawn gags in the background as well in dialogue or story. Often, he incorporates real historical events and people into his stories which are very well researched. In this series, his work really shines.

Throughout the series, Scrooge is an admirable character. He’s brave, honest, and hardworking. He believes that he can make himself rich by working hard and isn’t looking for easy gain. In the second story, where his uncle Angus is looking for treasure Scrooge says that it almost feels like cheating.

The stories also show us other characters’ family. For example, the genius Gyro Gearloose’s grandfather works for Scrooge briefly when he owns a river boat and they meet each other accidentally afterwords. Like Gyro himself, Gyro’s grandfather is also an inventor who doesn’t make much from his inventions.

Of course, there are also the villains. In Scotland, the Vaskervilles are McDuck’s fearsome enemies who are determined to get the McDuck lands and castle. In the second story, the Beagle Boys get their characteristic black masks and are trying to invent a name for their gang. The Boys are lead by their father who is meaner character than the fumbiling boys. Later, we meet the young John D. Rockerduck and his father. John hates Scrooge on sight but his father ends up helping Scrooge.

Don Rosa also doesn’t have any supernatural elements in his stories, aside from the talking ducks themselves. The only story which seems to have such elements is in this collection where Scrooge hits his head and meets his (all male) ancestors.

These are some of the best Scrooge McDuck stories ever.